September 2, 2003
  • Trinidad BWIA flight to DR
  • Festival Presidente coming up in October
  • Puerto Plata Jazz Festival
  • It’s time for dance in Santo Domingo
Trinidad BWIA flight to DR
Trinidad Ambassador Jerry Narace told the Listin Diario that Trinidadian airline, BWIA is considering using the Dominican Republic as a hub instead of Miami. The company is studying a direct flight to the Dominican Republic, two times a week, as a starter. “We want to improve our ties with Latin America because everyone is consolidating into trade blocks and Trinidad, as one of the strongest economies in the Caribbean, could headquarter the FTAA,” he explained. He mentioned that one of the requirements to be the headquarters of the FTAA is to have air connections with the Americas. “Thus our vision of breaking barriers and having a direct flight to Santo Domingo with ongoing connections,” Narace explained.
The plan is for BWIA to fly direct using a Boeing 757 with capacity for 153 passengers. He said talks to this end have been held with Tourism Minister Rafael Subervi and with the Civil Aviation Board.
Narace explained that the direct flight would not only link Trinidad & Tobago and the DR, but would open new doors to the DR regarding flow of travelers from Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. He explained that with the new transit visa processing requirements on behalf of the US government, many passengers will now need to avoid connecting in the US, and will choose alternate destinations. He also sees Trinidad as a jumping point to Central America.
Hans Dannenberg, president of the Puerto Plata Hotel Association said that the plans are for the flight to start flying from Las Americas International Airport as soon as 14 October. Puerto Plata International Airport would be added shortly after. He explained a delegation from Trinidad visited Puerto Plata last month.
BWIA serves New York, Miami, Washington in the United States; Toronto in Canada; London and Manchester in Europe; Barbados, Antigua, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Jamaica and Cuba in the Caribbean. In addition, it flies to Caracas, Costa Rica, Suriname and Guyana in the Caribbean.
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Festival Presidente coming up in October
Presidente Beer has begun its promotion for the 17-19 October Presidente Latin Music Festival. The biannual festival is in its fifth version, and is one of the leading musical extravaganzas in Latin America. The festival this year will again be held at the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Stadium, which was recently remodeled for the Pan Am Games. According to the festival’s first promos, 400 musicians will go on stage for the event.
So far, Ricardo Arjona, Bacilos and Juanes have been booked. In previous years, the Presidente Festival has brought together Hispanic stars such as Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Alejandro Fernández, Thalía, Carlos Vives, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, Maná, among others.
In addition to the international big names, several of the leading local stars will perform.
Puerto Plata Jazz Festival
Those interested in attending the 5th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival can now purchase their tickets online in advance. The festival opens Wednesday, 1 October at Hotel Sosúa Bay (Sosúa) with the participation of Puerto Plata Jazz Ensemble and Jose Furito Rios and Group from Puerto Rico. It continues on the next day moving on to Cabarete, with the performance of Gary Davis Band (USA), Patricia Pereyra and Maniel Group from the Dominican Republic. Both the Sosúa and Cabarete performances are free.
On Friday, 3 October, Nestor Torres (USA) and Chichi Peralta (Dominican Republic) take to the stage at the Playa Dorada hotel complex. Tickets: US$20. And next day, they are back in Sosúa, for a Saturday, 4 October performance with Mezcla (Cuba) and Chucho Valdes (Cuba) at the Hotel Casa Marina Amhsa amphitheater, US$20.
For the first time, the festival goes south to the Gran Teatro del Cibao, where a Sunday 5 October performance will take place. Performing is Sistema Temperado of the Dominican Republic, Arturo Sandoval (USA) and Humberto Ramírez and John Benitez of Puerto Rico. Tickets: US$20.
For booking online and more information, see
It’s time for dance in Santo Domingo
“Thousand and One Nights” is the name of the Spanish flamenco music extravaganza booked for the main hall of the National theater on the evenings of 12 and 13 September. The performance is a production of Monika Despradel.
The event coincides with the performances of several leading dance studios on occasion of the National Dance Festival that is to be staged at the Sala Manuel Rueda in the National Music Conservatory and School of Beaux Arts complex (Cesar Nicolas Penson Avenue). Several of the leading Dominican dance companies will come together for presentations from 11-13 September at the Sala Manuel Rueda. Participating will be: Ballet Concierto Dominicano, Ballet Clásico de Alina Abreu, Ballet Roto, Teatro Popular Danzante, Ballet-Escuela Nacional de Danza, Ballet Clásico de Santiago and the Ballet de Juan Fidel Mieses.
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